Pearl Kong Chen, a legend in the world of Cantonese cuisine, passed away in Hong Kong on Monday at the age of 88, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.
Kong is the granddaughter of Guangzhou gastronome “Jiang Taishi”, whose love of food and influence in the province led to him hosting numerous banquets at his home. The dishes that his family’s chefs created for the banquets became known “Taishi’s recipes”.
Kong studied the dishes her grandfather served and published a number of famous cook books and exquisite recipes on traditional Cantonese cuisine. The dishes emphasize the use of extremely fresh and sometimes rare ingredients, and are prepared with great skill.
One of the most famous dishes is snake soup which combines up to five varieties of snakes and finely sliced ingredients like fish maw and Chinese ham.
The culinary master used to call herself a serious cook, but had seldom cooked in recent years due to health problems. Most of the time, she was seen teaching her helper how to cook.
Kong was a great advocate of eating at home and always said being able to see your family members at the dining table is the greatest blessing. An easy family dinner is comparable to a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, she once said.
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